Applications of Vantablack and Vantablack S-VIS
The fine nanometre-sized optical cavities that make Vantablack so dark mean it cannot be used in environments open to direct contact and mechanical abrasion. It needs to be protected from accidental touching, for example behind or inside a component, or situated where contact is avoided. Please review our FAQs page to find answers to many common questions.
What can Vantablack be used for?
Many of Vantablack's initial applications are industrial or scientific, but excitingly Vantablack also has applications in luxury, limited edition products. It is already being used to add depth and glamour in the top end luxury markes such as this limited edition watch from Swiss watchmaker MCT. The timepiece costs $95,000 and just ten have been made.
Vantablack has captured the imagination of product designers, and although the process tends to limit the applications to very high price-tag items, it is likely that new and engaging uses will be found across the range of luxury consumer goods.
Stray Light Suppression
Treating a surface with a coating so black that it deceives the eye opens up a world of opportunity for those working in product design. Three-dimensional features are made to appear flat, and contrast takes on new meaning. The oft-used expression "it's like staring into a black hole" goes some way to describing the effect, and explains the artistic and emotional appeal of a colour that appears everywhere.
It has long been the goal of the professional lighting industry to make 'invisible' light sources where you get a perfect beam pattern and no unwanted glare or lighting overspill from the housing's internal non-reflecting components. These lighting design requirements can now be met using coatings from the Vantablack product range.
Black body sources and targets are widely-used in calibrating a range of imaging sensors for infrared sensing applications. Ultra-high emissivity (0.997 at 3-5 microns) and excellent thermal conduction make Vantablack ideally-suited to this application, ensuring a high-performance, stable reference. The absorbing characteristics of Vantablack, and its ability to be precisely applied to extremely fine micron sized features often make it the only option for coating thermal targets.
Thermal imaging sensors use absorbing coatings to enhance sensitivity. Vantablack coatings have very high performance from UV to FIR. The coatings excellent optical properties combined with its extremely low mass and very high thermal conduction are key to realising performance enhancements in new solutions such as pyroelectric sensing, bolometers and thermopiles.